Domestic journey demand weakened by rising Covid infections, high prices

A spike in day by day new infections, coupled with high prices for items and services, has stymied the restoration of domestic tourism. La-Iad Bungsrithong from the northern chapter of the Thai Hotels Association says this is regardless of government schemes corresponding to We Travel Together and other incentives designed to attract visitors, such as local events.
“Bookings from the fourth section of the stimulus haven’t but picked up as sturdy as hoteliers anticipated as a outcome of Omicron considerations.”

The Bangkok Post reviews that the response to section 4 of the government’s home tourism stimulus has been weaker than in different phases. During the primary week of the campaign, solely 300,000 room nights were used. From February thirteen, 471,310 rooms from a complete of two million further rooms have been booked.
La-Iad says that, while hotel operators had hoped that January and February occupancy would stay at 55%, the Omicron-driven surge in circumstances in January meant occupancy plummeted to lower than 20%. Things are not trying any higher for the north throughout February, despite Chiang Mai holding its annual flower pageant, Chiang Mai Blooms. Passenger numbers at Chiang Mai airport have dropped from the 7,000 – 8,000 a day seen in November and December to 4,000 – 5,000 on February 1.
Meanwhile, within the west of the nation, THA’s Vason Kittikul says rising infections and reduced purchasing power means resort occupancy in the tourist district of Cha-am, in the province of Phetchaburi, is more likely to fall below 50% this month. Before will maintain the Phra Nakhon Khiri-Muang Phet Fair later this month however there is not a clear indication yet of visitor numbers as Thai travellers favor to decide at the last minute, based on the Covid-19 scenario.
According to the Bangkok Post report, Vason remains hopeful that lodge bookings will choose up in March and April if families use the long vacation durations to avail of the government’s stimulus campaign..

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